Surprise, Surprise

You know it’s going to be an interesting hotel stay when you near your room and from the hall you hear your neighbors. And I don’t mean you hear them talking. Ahem.

So, I quickly fumbled through my purse for my key. How could the key get buried in the mess I call a purse in just the 5 minutes it took me to get to the third floor? Oh my heavens I just need to get in my room and turn on some loud music.

With that great mission at hand, I unlocked my door to rush inside.

But the door jammed against the safety bar inside.

And it was at that exact second I realized I wasn’t hearing the people next door. I was hearing the people already assigned to my hotel room. Yes, the one I just busted in on.


Good thing I have ILD … Inappropriate Laughter Disorder.

And good thing I’m good at charades so in my fit of laughter the horrified hotel clerk could discern I needed another room. One without people. Talking. And other stuff.

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but I am so thankful to announce that Unglued has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for 6 weeks now. I’m thankful that so many women are resonating with this message. To celebrate I’m giving away 3 copies of Unglued with the new cover.

So leave a comment below. If you have a funny story we would love to hear it, but no pressure, we just want to hear from you.


  1. Yvette says

    I thought I read that there was going to be an on-line study that starts Sept 28th? If yes can you give me the information so I can sign up.

    Thank you. Enjoying your book.

  2. Melissa says

    So appreciate the laugh when all seems to be “unglued” most of the time…nice to stop and have w chuckle once in while!!! So looking forward to reading your book! Thank you for the blessing in advance! 🙂

  3. Angelique van Zyl says

    I am a 23 year old mother of two boys. My eldest son is 2 yrs old (Llewellyn) and my youngest is almost 4months (Kai-el). I am currently at home with them, but will be starting work soon. Some days are really tough, but I find your writings so refreshing, like water to the soul. Thank you.
    I always try to have a devotions in the morning, and the days I don’t I am sure to become “unglued’! Just like the other day: My husband and I were housesitting for my dad, as well as looking after my 12year old sister. I was awoken by the usual 4:50am tea bell (Llewellyn wanting tea), so I quickly took him out of the room so as not to wake Kai-el. It was a Sunday, so I thought ,”Great, I’ll get a head start to the day…” and proceeded to feed the avery of budgies, the Koi fish, and cat, and of course let the dogs out. By then Kai-el was calling from the room for his milkies, and my Hubby needed his mooti(medicine) as he was very ill with flu..and thereafter everything became a rush of blur. Until we were about to leave for church, late again. I looked around to find the bag and odds ‘n ends, check that my sister was decently dressed, all the while my darling Kai-el cried like a banshee, and then I did a double take at Llewellyn. His back was facing me, but I saw the tub of bennetts bum cream and a thickly covered hand. Needless to say I became very much “unglued”. I hastily and viciously started wiping his hands (yes, both hands), only then to notice that he had attempted to rub the very thick and oily cream on his face. Alas! it was not only in his hands, and now face, but in his hair as well. In fact it was so thickly smeared on that he couldn’t open his eyes! Then I had to laugh!

  4. Christine Kintu Mulimira says

    This story has definitely made me laugh my heart out. Thanks for blessing me immensely and bringing laughter to me this morning – can’t tell you how much it inspired me to keep real. I would love to know where I can get or buy your books – we do not have them in our local bookshops. Secondly, how can we get you to come and speak at our church? We seriously need you! Please provide details on how this can be done. Eagerly awaiting your response.

  5. Janet says

    Hey Lisa,

    My name is Janet and i’m a Kenyan living in Nairobi, Kenya. I signed up for ‘encouragement for today’ a couple of months ago and just wanted to let you know that my life has never been the same again. I know God is using you to speak to me directly coz your messages are always spot on….corresponding with whatever is going on in my life! Thanks for being the vessel that God is using to reach out to us. May God richly reward you!
    Tried ordering a book from the Proverbs 31 Ministries and noticed that you didnt have provision for International orders such as for me in Kenya. Kindly include us, we want to support your ministry.
    God bless.

  6. Kathy B says

    I would love a copy of unglued. I read Made to Crave and that was great! I can relate to your ILD. I’m known for that in my family.

  7. Mari Beth says

    That’s a great story. I have ILS Sometimes myself. WOuld love a copy of your book our local Christian bookstore didn’t have it yet!

  8. Shawn says

    Oh…I love your books.I have read Made to crave and currently doing a study at church with it! The Unglued book is just what I need. Just reading the info on the book…it sounds like just what I need!

  9. Lauren says

    That is a great story….. I am in the online study for Unglued…. I read about Made to Crave and just bought that for my Kindle too. Great to hear that a solid christian book is on the NY Times Best Sellers LIST…. You go girl!

  10. RejoicedOver says

    thank you for the laugh this morning! and a name for ILD — it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one with this issue!

  11. Jakaia says

    I am a homeschool meacher (mom and teacher) with a 9 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. And now God wants us to adopt (insert nervous laughter here). I love God and am willing to serve Him any way I can. It’s just crazy by human standards because I just quit teaching at a school, am in my first year of homeschooling and…we have no money to use for anything other than our monthly bills. I am excited to see how God uses our situation for His glory!

  12. Melanie says

    Thank you for sharing! Its nice to see we all go thru similar craziness and its nice that we can laugh about it! 🙂

  13. KBaker says

    fell asleep on the couch while visitng friends. wake up to ‘noises.’ yes: those ‘noises’ — coming from the couch directly across from me. had to pretend i was sleeping for what seemed like an eternity. no, it was. it was an eternity. just ask my bladder. { love you blog — and you books! thanks for the giveaway. }

  14. Michaela says

    I don’t have a funny story but I love hearing yours..and reading your devotions. I am excited to hear you speak next week at the E-Women Conference,Roanoke!

  15. Lisa Marquez says

    I just read Encouragement For Today Devotion for the first time and I couldn’t get enough.
    So inspiring and thirst quenching that I searched and search for more…I am so blessed by all your though provoking messages that I forgot why I was so down and distracted. Unequivocally a fan! Looking forward to reading Unglued.

  16. Gena says

    Talk about a LOL story…if anyone heard me they’d thought I’d lost it, laughing like that for no apparent reason (as far as they could tell)! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself – keeping us real, as someone said. I, too, would love to win your book! A shortened story for me is that my 2 lifelong friends & I were talking about how hard it is to adjust our “mom” relationships to with our adult children & just wanting to tear up when they shake their head at us or ‘get onto’ us for the way we think we are showing we care or trying to remain part of their lives in a meaningful, yet minimally intrusive way… just can’t seem to find the balance! Then, reflecting on our histories with our own mom’s to try to learn from them just made us both laugh & cry because we believe they did worse than we are doing! Although, it gives us hope too…;~)

  17. Linda says

    Just want to say that I really enjoyed your webcasts and found them so helpful at this particular time. Would love to win a copy of your book.

    God bless you and you continue to minister worldwide to us ladies.


  18. Olivia says

    Hello Lysa,

    My name is Olivia. I was having some difficult times with coming “unglued” with just the smallest of things or collecting rocks. One of my oldest sisters told me about your book. I ordered it last week and finished reading it today! It has given me a fresh perspective on things, and I had alot of ah-ha moments! Thank you so much for writing this book!

    Have a great day!


  19. Sharon Borchardt says

    Today I checked the posts on my facebook page and one by a former student mentioned hearing your talk about your book, Unglued. She added that she needed help with her raw emotions. I felt teary and went to the site because my 44 year old daughter had unloaded on me two months ago and we have been walking on egg shells since, both hurting and wanting to “sell” our points of view to the other. I thought I would get the book for her. Imagine my horror when, after reading the exerpts from your book, the graph of how we deal with conflict, and the other bits and pieces, I understood that I needed to read this book, pray, and listen to God’s lessons for me. I would love a copy of Unglued, and I need to pass it around the family, since the gene seems easily transmitted through the family. But, you made it clear, the peace needs to begin with me.

  20. says

    Well… I don’t have a funnier story than that! Except that it’s 11 pm and my 3-year-old daughter is STILL awake singing praise songs in her bed. Not sure if I’m finding that funny though!

  21. Andrea says

    needless to say – I am behind on checking e-mail!
    I don’t have a funny story like yours – yours is HILARIOUS!!!
    I do have to say that I have just had to learn to laugh at life & not become unglued.
    In less than 2 weeks – my youngest broke 2 bones in her arm, I suddenly couldn’t walk one night last week, I got an upper respiratory infection & had trouble talking, my oldest sprained her ankle, & today – my car wouldn’t start!
    My kids have never broken bones before. I have never hurt my back, & I rarely get sick!
    Kind of funny that all of it + the car happened in less than 2 weeks!
    BUT – God is sooooo good! He carries us one day at a time & helps us look at the blessings, so we don’t be come unglued (even when I kind of want to!!!!!!!!)! 🙂